IN PHOTOS: Powerful May storm ‘Eugen’ strikes western Germany

In the west and north of Germany, gusts of up to 140 km/h were measured around the country as the storm front dubbed 'Eugen' struck. 

IN PHOTOS: Powerful May storm 'Eugen' strikes western Germany
A man covered up an asparagus field in Darmstadt, Hesse amid heavy winds on Tuesday. Photo: DPA

The German Weather Service (DWD) has issued a storm warning, of either the highest level of red or second level of orange, around the country.

Severe gales up to 100 km/h struck lowland areas. On exposed mountain peaks, hurricane-like gusts ranging between 105 to 138 km/h were recorded.

In the west and northwest, there have also been thunderstorms with sleet or small hail, and winds of up to 80km per hour.

This map from DWD shows the German regions which were most affected by the storm, which was set to pass by Wednesday morning.

DWD also broke down the cities which recorded the highest wind speeds on Tuesday.

Here’s a look in photos of the impact the storm has had around the country.

Dark clouds drifted over a rapeseed field in Worringen, North Rhine-Westphalia, where there were winds of up to 100 km per hour. Photo below: picture alliance/dpa | Federico Gambarini

The poles from a destroyed coronavirus test centre were strewn in a car park in Bad Oeynhausen, North Rhine-Westphalia. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Lino Mirgeler.

But the storm was not such a bad thing for the many kite surfers who took advantage of the strong winds at the Boddensee, in Friedrichshafen, Baden-Württemberg. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Felix Kästle

‘Sturm’ was the top trending tag on Twitter as many people posted their photos and videos of the ominously dark skies with fast moving clouds.

The winds were so strong that they brought down several trees, such as this one in Hanover. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Julian Stratenschulte

In Berlin, which was not as heavily affected, cherry blossom trees looked extra dramatic against the grey sky. They alluded to the warm weather to follow everywhere in Germany over the next few days, bringing temperatures of up to 28C by Sunday. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Jörg Carstensen

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Over the weekend, large parts of Germany saw early snowfall, but will it continue throughout the winter?

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Many parts of Germany experienced an early white Christmas over the weekend, as snow fell from Berlin to the Baltic Sea. Hesse also saw at least the first swirl of snowflakes and there was light snow in the Siegerland and the Hochsauerland districts of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Some areas of the country were hit particularly hard by the snow – a few centimetres of snow fell in Kassel, while large parts of Bavaria experienced heavy snowfall on Saturday.

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There were also numerous accidents on icy roads in North Rhine-Westphalia, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Schleswig-Holstein and Bavaria. 

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Snowfall is expected at the beginning of the week in some areas in Thuringia and Saxony, while further south, there is likely to be snowfall only at high altitudes – such as in the Bavarian Alps.

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In the coming days, temperatures will rise again and the weather will become milder. According to the German Weather Service (DWD) temperatures will hover between 5C and 12C for most of the country, while only the northeast and east see maximum temperatures of 0C to 4C.

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2022 has already broken weather records in Germany – the period from January to the end of October was the warmest since weather records began almost 140 years ago.

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Various weather models have already simulated the coming winter in Europe and Germany and provide estimations on how much warmer the coming winter is likely to be than from the years 1961 to 1990.

The models created by NASA, DWD, and the Climate Forecast System all agree that trend of rising temperatures will probably continue over the winter. Between December and February, it’s expected that the mercury will be between 1C and 3C higher than it was between 1961 and 1990. 

Meteorologist Corinna Borau from told the Frankfurter Rundschau that she thinks that it’s extremely unlikely that there will be further snowfall in December in Germany.

“If the month looks rather dry and too mild overall, then we can’t expect large amounts of snow” Borau said. 

According to Borau, January is unlikely to be a “snow bomb” either, though it will still “feel like winter” and snow is only expected to fall sporadically. In February, however, the chances of snowfall are higher than in previous months.